Brentford v Leeds United: YEP jury predictions

Darko Milanic.

Darko Milanic.

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The YEP jury have their say ahead of Leeds United’s clash with Brentford at Griffin Park.

STEPHEN CLARK

Just as the good ship Leeds United seemed set for calmer waters, another turbulent week has seen the supporters tossed back into the murky waters, with the judgement of an Italian court the tip of an iceberg which could sink the club.

With Neil Redfearn at the tiller, Leeds have moved away from the depths of the Championship, with 10 points from 12 leaving the ruinous reign of Dave Hockaday far behind us.

But despite “Redders” growing into the job, producing a brand a football which has excited the fans more than anything since Robert Snodgrass, Max Gradel, Luciano Becchio and Jermaine Beckford were tearing defences apart in League One, and actually appearing to really want the job, ‘Admiral’ Massimo Cellino decided that he needed a new man at the helm.

Darko Milanic is as unknown to many of us as Cellino’s first appointment as coach was, but has a far better pedigree than Hockaday.

Trophies in Slovenia may not mean much to us but at least he has experience of building teams capable of winning football matches.

Although not as successful in his spell with Sturm Graz in Austria, Milanic seems like a genuine football appointment, selected by Nicola Salerno who has certainly proved his worth in identifying playing talent.

Thankfully the new coach has already indicated that Redfearn will be involved in first team affairs, building on his success in moulding this new unit together and ensuring that the pipeline from academy to first XI is not sealed off.

However positive things look on the playing side, the spectre of a yacht in an Italian harbour still looms over the club, and the revelation in the papers this week that the written judgement may cast new doubt on the suitability of Leeds United’s owner is worrying.

I have to say I would rather have an owner who we know than a faceless holding company.

On to the football and Brentford provide a stiff challenge to United’s rookie manager.

Despite a 4-0 hammering at Middlesbrough last time out, the Bees will provide a tough test, with the tight Griffin Park stadium bound to be packed to the rafters.

However, with Leeds on a roll and with players out to impress I fancy the Whites to nick the points.

Prediction: Brentford 1 Leeds United 2.

KEITH INGHAM

A tweet confirmed the appointment of Darko Milanic as head coach, the third of this season, who will attempt to guide this once great club back to where its fans believe it belongs.

He has an impressive CV, nine trophies in his time at Maribor, although his time at his last club Sturm Graz was not as successful. So he comes with an impressive pedigree. I welcome Darko and assistant Novica to the club.

It will be interesting to see where Neil Redfearn fits into the first team coaching framework. He should be of great value. The players trust him and that’s something the new coach use.

Leeds travel to Brentford tomorrow, who sit 14th in the Championship and lost 4-0 to Middlesbrough last weekend. They are recently promoted from Division One and are still finding their feet.

Six points and two better performances should hopefully turn into three wins in the first game of Milanic’s reign.

I really fancy our chances at Brentford.

Prediction: Brentford 1 Leeds United 3.

JONATHAN FORD

We are on a great run and let’s just hope it keeps going.

We look solid and the team looks together. We don’t have a great away record but we are on the back of three wins in the last four so we should be confident. I’m going for a Leeds win and a shut-out.

Prediction: Brentford 0 Leeds United 2.

JAMES HARRISON

Brentford away is a really tough start to the Darko Milanic era.

A small stadium, a small field and an extremely intense atmosphere, the players will have to show a lot of character and determination to come away with all three points.

I don’t think Milanic will change the side from last week’s demolishing of Huddersfield Town; nobody deserves to lose their place. Brentford have former Leeds midfielder Jonathan Douglas in their ranks and he will want to put

in a good performance. They have been on a poor run so Saturday is going to be tough but I am confident we’ll come away with three points!

Prediction: Brentford 0 Leeds United 2.

GARY NEWBOULD

Brentford away will bring the reality of the Championship to new coach Darko Milanic.

The Bees are enjoying a rare appearance in the second tier, but after a promising start have been stung during their last two encounters, conceding seven and failing to score.

Prediction: Brentford 1 Leeds United 2.

MATTHEW EVANS

Managerial debuts have been far too frequent for Leeds in the last decade but at least the fanbase is largely in agreement that Darko Milanic arrives with a stronger case to manage than his predecessor.

If Leeds can turn on the style as they did against Huddersfield last week then Brentford will be in for a difficult afternoon. The newly signed players have been getting better and better with each game.

It will be a test on Saturday and the biggest question mark will be whether we can get continuity with a change of coach. If Milanic picks up where Redfearn left off and adds another dimension, it could be a second away win of the season.

Prediction: Brentford 1 Leeds United 2.

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